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drunkill's picture
#27

Build both designs, that runner up in the competition can go in fishermens bend thanks.

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SYmlb's picture
#28

I'm liking the thinking here with the idea of making a huge statement on an otherwise empty block of land. Mixed use and many high rise towers, sensational.

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Melb on's picture
#29

This is a magnificent vision.Surely we are all happy with this proposal, just hope they get on with it

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Mark Baljak's picture
#30

I'm quite happy with the approved version - just get on with it

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theboynoodle's picture
#31

That's a lot of building - but this seems as good a site as any to do something like that on. Mind you, it's obviously going to be a pretty self-contained development, so other than a bit of skyline candy (which is good) I'm not sure it'll do anything to make the general area any more desirable to live in.

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3000's picture
#32

With the way Southbank is, anything will help

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melbourne's picture
#33

This project will be known as Melbourne Square. Display suite out at tender.

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Qantas743's picture
#34

Excellent news! I'd completely forgotten about this one!

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Danny Boy's picture
#35

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

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Qantas743's picture
#36

Hmm think I prefer the old design.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#37

Looking very Queens Place in those renders

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Laurence Dragomir's picture
#38

+ 308 Exhibition Street.

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johnproctor's picture
#39

thats just the central 2 towers of 6. is the park on the north side of those two towers (with the towers adjacent the freeway) or is the park behind the towers and therefore very likely to just be shade?

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theboynoodle's picture
#40

The towers will be fine if the quality is good... even if some of the other designs/ideas for the site were much more interesting.

The podum/ground treatment looks good though.

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Laurence Dragomir's picture
#41

The park sits to the north of the site along Kavanagh St

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Qantas743's picture
#42

Official launch in May with stage 1 confirmed at 67 levels.

At least one major builder has submitted or is close to submitting tenders.

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SYmlb's picture
#43

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

AFR reporting stage 1 has been given the go ahead, with two of the proposed towers going up first.

Malaysia's OSK gets OK for massive Melbourne project

Malaysia's OSK Property has won approval for the first stage of a $2 billion mixed-use project in Melbourne's Southbank, one of the largest single development proposals ever put to the state's planning authorities.

To be known as Melbourne Square, the project will transform a city-fringe block into a vertical village with six towers linked by a network of elevated gardens.

Designed by Cox Architecture, almost a fifth of the huge site will be devoted to public realm with a park, a shopping centre, childcare facility, and specialty stores.

The overall proposal is to build the six towers, ranging in height from 30 levels to 65 levels with the tallest 226 metres, on a two-hectare car-park site at 93-119 Kavanagh Street.

It includes 60,000 square metres of office space, a hotel and serviced apartment tower with 687 rooms and four apartment towers with 2610 apartments, and a childcare centre.

The first stage now approved will comprise the park as well as two upmarket towers with more than 1000 apartments. Pre-sales for the apartments are due to get under way this year.

"It is our hope that Melbourne Square will be an important destination within the world's most liveable city," said OSK's chairman, Tan Sri Ong Leong Huat, in a statement.

Cox Architecture worked with landscape architects Rush Wright Associates for the masterplan and Taylor Cullity Lethlean for the first stage.

"A deliberate decision was made to significantly exceed the open space area requirements," said Cox director Ian Sutter.

Then known as PJ Development, the Malaysian developer paid a record $145 million to acquire the city fringe site in June 2014 from interests associated with the Mario LoGiudice's Banco Group.

The company is controlled by one of Malaysia's richest men, Ong Leong Huat. In December 2015, PJ Development paid $27.8 million to Quintessential Equity for a suburban Sydney office building.

Melbourne is popular with Malaysian developers, such as SP Setia which has five Australian sites and last year lodged plans for a $640 million twin tower project in central Melbourne.

Giant Malaysian sovereign developer UEM Sunrise has a substantial pipeline as well, including the $770 million, 92-storey Aurora Melbourne Central.

http://www.afr.com/real-estate/malaysias-osk-gets-ok-for-massive-melbourne-project-20170221-gui24g

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Adrian's picture
#44

The render looks superb .. let's hope the final outcome manages to approximate this somewhat.

Last of the old OLS scaremongering height limit towers perhaps ?

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Danny Boy's picture
#45

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

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SYmlb's picture
#46

Fantastic project. A+.

Notice the ground-level parking at the base of the towers, I wonder if that is just temporary until the other towers go up.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#47

Malaysian Employees Provident Fund buys Melbourne Square stake

Malaysia’s largest pension fund has agreed to buy a 49 per cent stake in the mixed-use Melbourne Square project in Southbank for $154 million as offshore developers’ interest in the apartment sector continues to fire.

The Employees Provident Fund will take a stake in the ­project, its second overseas development. The project is being developed by listed Malaysian developer OSK Property, and will feature four apartment towers, as well as an office tower, a retail mall and a hotel and serviced apartment building.

The Victorian government’s planning department gave the project’s first stage approval in February this year.

The $2.8 billion development, set to be delivered in five stages over eight to 10 years, comes amid concerns about a looming glut of apartments in inner suburbs in Brisbane and Melbourne.

EPF chief executive Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said the project would be a good fit for its portfolio and help it to generate returns for members given the increasing demand for residential property in Melbourne.

OSK said the deal would allow it to partner with the pension fund to undertake an “iconic” development in the city.

“(Melbourne) is one of the finest and most vibrant cities in the world, having also been ranked as the world’s most liveable city,” OSK said in an announcement to the Malaysian stock exchange.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/malaysian-employees-pr...

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#48

https://www.domain.com.au/news/melbourne-square-development-brings-europ...

Melbourne Square development brings European-style public park to Southbank

May 17, 2017 Christina Zhou

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

Photo: OSK Property, FloodSlicer Pty Ltd

A massive European-style public park will be built in the heart of Southbank, bringing some sorely-needed greenery into one of Melbourne’s densest and tallest concrete pockets.

The 3700-square metre park has been unveiled as a part of a skyscraper project, Melbourne Square, set to rise above a former car park on a city-fringe block. The development will comprise four apartment complexes, a commercial building, a hotel and retail.

The six towers, connected by a network of green space, will range from 38 to 73 levels. It will include cascading water features, European-inspired piazzas and a “buzzing” outdoor terrace. It will also host events for Southbank residents such as markets and cultural activities, and vistas and seating will be nestled among the greenery.

The public space will take up a fifth of the $2.8 billion mixed-use development by Malaysian developer OSK Property, and will be one of the first aspects of the project to be built. The space has been designed by landscape architects, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), known for its work at the Australian Garden in Cranbourne and Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The project is one of the largest single development proposals ever put to the state’s planning authorities.

TCL managing director Perry Lethlean said the park would give Southbank a “new green heart” and activate the suburb.

SOUTHBANK | Melbourne Square | 93-119 Kavanagh Street  | Multi Tower | Mixed Use

Melbourne Square is set to bring a massive park to Southbank. Photo: OSK Property, FloodSlicer Pty Ltd

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theboynoodle's picture
#49

Great, for sure, but I'm not entirely certain what's so 'European' about this.

It's a park. Park's are good. There's no need to sex it up. Europe is quite big and incredibly varied and has many many different kinds of park. I reckon if someone showed me those renders and said 'where do you think this park is?' I'd probably say Australia because it looks like a good modern urban green space and Australia is very good at modern urban green spaces. I wouldn't say it looked like Spain or Italy (and, rightly or wrongly, when people talk about things being 'European' they tend to have a Southern European vision in mind) because, to be honest, it doesn't.

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pdoff's picture
#50

That's just the way spruiking happens here like the numerous NYC themed developments in the 'West-End'. Can't see it changing for a while unfortunately.

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3000's picture
#51

Yep, just marketing.

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